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March: Top 10 Sustainable Life reads


1. Passive house geeks and gurus converge in Portland


The passive house movement promotes super energy-efficient homes and commercial buildings.

2. DEQ issues $30,400 in penalties for oil discharge


The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality on Feb. 6 fined a Scappoose business owner and a plumber a total $30,400 for polluting a nearby creek.

3. Zen Buddhists clean up Portland's mess


Kakumyo Lowe-Charde is a former arborist who has been a Zen monk for 17 years.

4. The making of a climate change activist


Emcee Cylvia Hayes, first lady of Oregon, tells her own story of transformation into a climate activist.

5. Coal export protest planned this weekend at Pioneer Square


The Power Past Coal coalition held a people’s hearing on Coal Export on March 8 in downtown Portland.

6. Klamath tribes and ranchers seek water solutions in new agreement


An agreement announced in March between ranchers and Native American tribes seeks to resolve contentious water rights issues in the Klamath Basin, a drought-ridden region spanning Southern Oregon and Northern California.

7. Oregon wave energy project dropped


The much-anticipated project would have placed a flotilla of 100 energy-producing buoys, each the size of a school bus, in the waves off the coast of Reedsport.

8. 'Galapagos of North America' protected


A stretch of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail was transferred into public ownership for permanent protection in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument.

9. Are more tourists here going carless?


Portland’s tourism boom isn’t leading to a surge in car rentals here, according to a new analysis by BikePortland.

10. State to expand timber holdings in Gilchrist State Forest


The state of Oregon will add 29,000 acres of land to the Gilchrist State Forest south of Bend, after the Oregon Board of Forestry approved the $10 million purchase on March 5.